Argentine President Javier Milei skips Global Peace Summit in Switzerland due to national holidays

Javier Milei
Javier Milei

Argentine President Javier Milei will not participate in the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland, as he wants to be in his country for national holidays on June 17 and 20, La Nacion reports, citing high-ranking officials.

Miley has decided to shorten his ten-day trip to Europe, which starts next week. The Argentine President is expected to leave for the G7 summit on June 12, return to Argentina in three days, and then travel to Spain and Germany on June 22.

Argentina celebrates Latin American Freedom Day on June 17 and Flag Day on June 20.

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June 2024 Gobal Peace Summit in Switzerland

Leaders from around the world will meet at the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland from June 15-16, though Russia will not attend.

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Ukraine hasn't ruled out Russian participation in future Global Peace Summits but did not extend an invitation to the inaugural event, Presidential Office head Andriy Yermak said.

The peace process is "unthinkable" without Russia, the Swiss Foreign Ministry stated.

Ukrainian intelligence has reliable information that Russia wants to disrupt the Peace Summit, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on April 24.

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China is also trying to disrupt the Global Peace Summit, working to prevent other countries from participating, he added.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other international leaders are expected to attend the summit.

The White House will attend the Global Peace Summit, though U.S. President Joe Biden's participation has yet to be confirmed. Zelenskyy said he would personally like to see Biden at the summit, as his absence would only encourage Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Reuters reported on May 31 that China had refused to participate in the Peace Summit in Switzerland.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on June 2 that the United States has confirmed its participation in the High-Level Peace Summit, but it is not yet known whether Joe Biden will attend.

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